Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts live on stage in Castlebar

Top traditional musicians Mick O’Brien, Aoife Ní Bhriain, and Mayo’s own Emer Mayock present a night of Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday June 20 at 8pm.

Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes/flute/whistle ), Emer Mayock (flute/whistle ) and Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle ) recently released a CD entitled Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts, featuring a repertoire drawn from original sources collected by Canon James Goodman in the mid-19th century in his native province of Munster. The manuscripts, which since his death have been held in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, provide unique insights into the evolution of Irish traditional music and are of great significance because they preserve much of the traditional music of the south of Ireland as it was sung and played in the years before traditional culture was devastated by the Great Famine of the 1840s. From these manuscripts, Mick, Emer, and Aoife have chosen music ranging from unusual versions of tunes in the modern repertoire to those apparently unique to the collection. A great night of trad on the cards featuring a fascinating selection of tunes performed by some seriously talented musicians.

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